Associate Professor, Theater
Roberto Gutiérrez Varea began his career in theater in his native
Argentina. His research and creative work focuses on live
performance as means of resistance and peacebuilding in the context
of social conflict and state violence. Varea's stage work
in the United States includes directing premieres of works by
Migdalia Cruz, Ariel Dorfman, Cherrié Moraga, and José Rivera,
among others. He is the founding artistic director
Soapstone Theatre Company
, a collective of male ex-offenders and women survivors of violent
El Teatro Jornalero!
, a performance company that brings the voice of Latin American
immigrant workers to the stage. Varea is a member of the Steering
Committee of Theater Without Borders, and a member of the Artists
in Distress Services of freeDimensional. He is a regular
contributor to journals in performance and peacebuilding, and is
co-editor and co-author of the two-volume anthology "Acting
Together: Performance and the Creative Transformation of Conflict"
(New Village Press). Varea is co-director of the Center for Latino
Studies in the Americas (CELASA) and a founding faculty of the
Department of Performing Arts, and the Performing Arts and Social
Justice Major at USF.